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      DDoS and Brute Force Attacks   09/18/2016

      From the day following upgrade to the new forum software, 15th Sept until the 19th, we were under a concerted attack by a person or persons using a number of 'bots and other people's Proxy networks to carry out what is called a Distributed Denial of Service attack, which is a method by which these 'bots submit thousands of requests to the website per second to overload the server and bring the site to its knees.  While this was going on, they were also making Brute Force attacks on our remote communications port to try and breach the server so they could do anything from format the hard drives to change ownership of the site, and bombarding the mailserver with similar bogus requests, some of which left some rather telling details behind.  This was followed up a couple of days later with a further attack that left more data to sift through, which we have passed on to our IT forensics people.On the advice of our Lawyer and fellow member JohnT, we yesterday informed the National Crime Agency and requested their assistance with the matter, and in an ongoing dialogue with them to find the culprits, so we are allowing them access to the server and its logs.    We don't believe that this is a random attack on balance, but for 5 days and a further evening we had to put up with some disturbance and interruption to the usually fast response of the website as we are seeing now that the attack has ended.  We will prevail, and don't worry about it.  We were the target, and these people will not win.  Karma will catch up with them   Mike, Greg, Dave & Julien.

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  1. I was just reading about this pilot. He was, at one time, the top-scoring Romanian pilot. He'd shot down a few I-16s during Barbarossa, and a Hurricane in Jan '43 over Stalingrad. After converting to Gustav, he went to town on all the later Sov planes, Il-2, La-5, Pe-2 etc. He was shot down and killed by a He 111 gunner in March,1944.
  2. While the Tiger and Panther, and "88s" were the greatest fear, the greatest danger to an Allied AFV in 1944/45 was "the lone wolf" with a Panzerfaust. While a bit heavy for "standoff" protection, tracks worked well - especially on the front of a Churchill, where the armour was already 100 - 150mm thick. 4" extra would be enough to keep out a Panzerfaust hit. Canadian tanks' trademark was track protection.
  3. Very nicely-done. Btw, this tank was almost bereft of its yellow paint by the time of Alamein (as photos of it after capture show) The sandstorms were quite abrasive, obviously.
  4. I'd consider Airfix's Pe-2 "fairly decent" while the others are "fun to build" but who am I to judge? I picked out a couple of Wehrmacht contenders, actually - to start with. One is half-Sov, though - a 1:72 PST KV-1 with KwK 40 installed up top. The other is ... I was looking for something exclusive to the Eastern Front, but not a T-34 or prop-driven sled. I decided on a Bandai 1:48 Wespe, but I could be coerced into a Trumpeter 1:72 Stuerer Emil. And then there is a 1:32 MiG 3 ...
  5. I have a bit of Sov stuff hanging around. I'm in.
  6. May be too late for you for this build: B-29RADOMETOOL-1.jpg
  7. When I have time, I'll go through more of the individual build threads. Having been altered to this by PM (thanks, Plastix), I can see that you've done a terrific job of the diorama. To save me a bit of time, what was the brand of that Tiger model? Surely not the old Hasegawa!? Great stuff! Bruce
  8. Going great guns! The engine bay would, for the most part, be either red-brown primer or (some might say) Elfenbein (pale cream). I've only ever painted them in primer colour. But as you say, unless you're going to show it off by leaving engine access panel open or (as I did once) leave the whole engine deck loose / removable, there's no point. One day, it would be nice to put a more 3D engine in there. But that's what bigger models are for, aren't they?!
  9. That strip of silver looks a bit wide. Refer photos. You may wish to tone it down a bit.
  10. What's that about, Andy? You will find that a bit of sprue will plug up those holes in the sponson undersides perfectly.
  11. Yeah, I wouldn't be so concerned about it being a little over scale. The overall effect is going to win compared to the hair-curler look.
  12. I'm not a fan of PE blurs. It's not too late to stick a pager motor inside is it? Nothing beats rotating prop blades to simulate rotating prop blades.
  13. There are templates on the UAMF.org site for prop blur decals - assuming you have a suitable printer and decal paper.
  14. It's likely a little easier on the engine to run it rich (and hence a bit cooler). The cylinder walls are notoriously thin. The Panther does have an automatic fire extinguisher in the engine bay, but you don't want to invoke that unnecessarily, surely!